Plymouth: Priest denies sexual abuse allegations

The lawyer for a Plymouth priest placed on leave by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston pending an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse dating to the early 1980s says his client has been wrongly accused.

The Reverend James Braley, pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha parish, was placed on leave on Sunday.

William Sullivan, the lawyer who represents Braley, says the charge is “unsupported, inaccurate and untruthful.”

Sullivan says Braley was shocked to learn of the allegation and wants to clear his name. He says Braley has received support from his parishioners. While he is on leave, the 62-year-old Braley is not allowed to present himself as a priest or perform any of the duties of a priest. He is also not allowed to live at the rectory.

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